Director, HR in Bellevue, Washington at Sea-Bird Electronics

Date Posted: 11/10/2018

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Job Description

Job ID: SEA000206

About Us

Sea-Bird Scientific ( is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. We develop and manufacture precision sensors for the measurement of salinity, temperature, pressure, dissolved oxygen, fluorescence, nutrients and related oceanographic and environmental water quality parameters. We offer products with unparalleled precision and accuracy to support best-in-class oceanography and climate science. Our customers include research institutes, ocean observing programs, national and local government agencies, engineering firms, environmental consulting businesses, and navies throughout the world. We offer an entrepreneurial environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Sea-Bird gives you access to a robust career development process and challenging stretch opportunities.


Primary Purpose:

We are currently seeking a Human Resources Director for Sea-Bird Scientific, located in Bellevue, Washington, to lead the HR function for the company. This role will report directly into the VP of Human Resources, with a strong dotted line into Sea-Bird’s President. The HR Director will also directly supervise the  HR Manager.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Lead responsibility for all aspects of Human Resources focusing on raising the bar in training, performance management, succession planning, and engagement & communications at all levels
  • Serve as a mentor and coach to the management team, developing into their trusted advisor.
  • Work to “raise the bar” on recruiting and selection processes and skillets in the organization to attract and retain top talent, thus creating a more diverse and inclusive environment
  • Partner with the Leadership Team and President/HR VP to identify competency, knowledge and talent gaps and developing specific programs for the filling of the gaps and driving/developing the next generation of leadership
  • Ensure that performance standards are high across the company with well-understood rewards and consequences for good/poor performance
  • Develop followership and viewed as a true business partner, evidenced by being approachable to all employees, adding value beyond traditional human resource issues and being a great coach at all levels in the company
  • Drive appropriate culture change and improve engagement through creative, step change and well executed local initiatives. This will include implementing internal communication processes by which employees in the companies stay informed and can celebrate successes
  • Oversee all regional compensation and benefit programs to ensure competitive programs and local compliance
  • Own the local Talent Review, Organizational Review, and Engagement processes
  • Develop processes, policies, and team into a high performing HR function

Sea-Bird Electronics is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Requirements


  • Prospective candidates for the HR Director position will have a minimum of 5 years of human resource generalist experience and should be ambitious and a fast learner that is keen to develop
  • They will be resilient and enjoy the varied demands and day to day “cut and thrust” of a dynamic fast -moving company
  • Must be detail oriented and highly proficient at laying out a plan and then executing the plan within stringent timelines
  • The ideal candidate will have acquired at least part of his/her experience in a global, multi-site, growth -oriented company with a commitment to best practices in the HR function 
  • Equally important is that they have experience and flourish in a lean/hands-on, practical environment
  • In terms of technical expertise, prospective candidates will have a broad understanding of and appreciation for the technical and functional components of Human Resources, including: change management; talent acquisition and development; leadership and organizational development; compensation and benefits; compliance; planning; administration; employee relations/communications; and employee training/career development
  • Strong talent management experience (or potential) -- this person will direct and manage the activities related to recruiting, training and development, retention and compensation for the region.  A clear goal of generating a strong talent pipeline…which includes the identification, development and retention of top/high potential talent
  • It is essential that prospective candidates possess strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, and understand the implications their actions and the HR function will have on the strategic, financial, and organizational demands of an evolving and highly profitable company
  • Acquisition/integration experience is a nice to have
  • Hands on approach evidenced by a track record of taking on challenging projects personally and succeeding
  • Ability / potential to drive a continuous improvement culture across the region
  • Travel to other locations will be required at times

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.
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